HTC Desire S in the long-term test: o2 business tariff, usablity and network coverage {review}


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Parts of my HTC Desire test was also the o2 business tariff upgrade, which I could test for three months for free. I was concerned mainly with the question: Can I work with the o2-UMTS connection of o2 effectively?

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Comfortable all-round fare or complicated jungle?

The o2 business tariff comes as a convenient all-round tariff therefore, in which various services are included for free: namely almost all services within Germany with the exception of call forwarding to a specific phone number.

Even calls abroad are free from the home zone: only calls to foreign mobile networks cost from the home zone between 30 and 90 cents per minute, depending on which country. The prices listed above in the table are without VAT!

Tariff jungle for further options

As far as far-reaching tariff conditions are concerned, the complicated tariff becomes a complicated jungle:

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SMS for example are free, if one with the tariff also still a mobile phone acquires. Otherwise, text messages with 20 Cent can be sent to all networks. And abroad they cost 20 Cent anyway.

Telephone calls to and from abroad

Speaking of foreign countries: That makes the matter then unfortunately very complicated: For monthly 8,90 Euro one can namely the O2 International option to reserve. This allows you to make calls from abroad to the foreign landline network between 0,06 and 0,89 Euro. In foreign mobile network between 0,36 and 1,19 Euro.

Anyone who makes calls abroad, depending on the country, pays between 0,36 and 2,08 Euro. And whoever is called has in Fretzone 1 100 freemasons and pays otherwise 0,59 Euro per minute. To be honest, it might be cheaper to buy a simcard abroad.

Confusing information

Only if you always have to be reachable under the number or is often traveling in different countries, this option makes sense. And: What costs abroad intercourse without the international option I could not find unfortunately: On the website of o2 Business I have found no information.

In general, I find the presentation of the different tariffs unfortunately too confusing and too confusing, that is, a few options less would have done it. In addition, the information on the website contains errors:

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For example, the information on the O2 International Option is almost two years old, so there are, for example, 200 instead of 100 freemasons. In the above-mentioned table, which was nicely sent to me by o2, the costs for the additional options as well as the data including VAT are missing.

Dual Simcard and upgrade rate

Practically at the upgrade rate is that you get two Simcards instead of a Simcard: one for the mobile phone and one for the netbook. With the same number! Thanks again o2, that they made this so quickly and easily possible. Because actually was for the test only a mobile phone tariff provided.

And that at the upgrade tariff the UMTS is only throttled from 5 GB on GPRS, where the upgrade without 300 MB is the case. The upgrade tariff unfortunately also costs 12 Euro more.

Benefits of the business tariff

Kindly enough, o2 has switched off my previous Internet Packs-M for exactly three months without any problems and gracefully from one day to the next and just as easily the flat rate has been switched on afterwards. Apart from the fact that the Internet Pack M is limited to 200 GB per month, I noticed the following difference:

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In the business tariff you can be online with both devices at the same time via UMTS, the Internet Pack M does not work despite the dual simcard. And that can be quite annoying, if you have something to do next to the computer work on the phone

wants to look - and maybe not remember that the netbook is also on.

The net cover

Anyway, the Internet was some time ago for me the argument to switch to o2: I have previously tried various Internet connections with E-Plus-Discounters, but also in congested areas like the Rhine-Main area just get very miserable net ,

o2 has worked a lot better and for the necessary actions like tweeting, eMails read and answer, Facebook, etc. are also sufficient 200 or 300 GB completely. However, this can quickly become a problem with the netbook, eg because there are always updates to be installed.

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Would I use the business rate?

Nevertheless, the Business Tarif Upgrade would not be an option for me. Reason: The network coverage, eg in the Berlin subway or - even more annoying - on longer distances. The former I need for Twitter and eMails, the latter to work. Both difficult. Of course, o2 is not an isolated case:

Sebastian Koch, for example, has criticized in his blog the same for the T Mobile, with E-Plus I have said as I said worse experiences. Nevertheless, in the age of cloud computing, it should be possible to write a blog post in a Düsseldorf hotel.

In the meantime, SPON is also reporting the bad links even customer resistance to the miserable network coverage at o2 - and that Company has admitted that it is not the best with the same and it is not an isolated case - and that you are working on network expansion. At least.

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Is everything better?

Because even if it is for Twitter or eMails just enough, at least at Clouds it will be difficult. And that's exactly what I would not spend on 30 Euro a month - because I can still work effectively only at home.

This is unlikely to change LTE, the o2 has recently been on offer - and in the consumer advocates also complain about the lack of coverage. A reproach in any case, the Dr. Remark van der Velden of Telefonica at the Bitkom Conference Network Rules 2011 had nothing to oppose.


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